Burlington Parks to open Greenway on December 24

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Burlington Parks to open Greenway on December 24

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 6:44am -- tim

Pause Place 3 (Texaco Beach) is nearly complete and represents the realized placemaking potential in the project. BPRW photos

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront plans to open the refurbished waterfront bikepath (Bike Path Rehabilitation Phase 1b), called the Burlington Greenway, on Christmas Eve. A statement released Tuesday said: "We are very proud of the collaborative spirit and attention to detail our designers, contractor and resident engineer have utilized throughout the project. As laid clearly in the BPRW Master Plan (2015), BPRW pushed quality in everything we do. Meticulously hewn and installed steps of Barre granite, high grade carpentry at the decked overlook at Pause Place 3, and several examples of fastidiously fabricated metal work from a Burlington shop, Phase 1b of the Burlington Bike Path Rehabilitation represents a grand vision of industrial reclamation executed to the finest detail."

Meticulously fabricated and installed Steps and seating blocks made of Barre granite lead to water's edge and provide informal seating.

New Vermont-made railings have been installed along the lookout deck.

Realigned Priorities
The Urban Reserve section of Phase 1b is not only the City's largest public de-paving project (ever), it also contains the longest segment of the path to be completely re-aligned.

"You remember the old path...a pot-holed, poorly drained ribbon of (too narrow) asphalt that was indistinguishable from Lake Street extension, a narrow gravel road used by the City to access snow storage areas and utilities. After all, the path has been referred to as the 'Waterfront Bike Path' since it was originally constructed. BPRW took this opportunity to move the path close to the water's edge, and along its western edge, create three 'pause places,' the third of which is really a small park. BPRW strives to make places for people to enjoy views, nature, vegetation (and other people), again our Master Plan guided the way, with a call to create more inclusive social spaces coupled with protecting and preserving our environment."

The old alignment was poorly drained and indistinguishable from Lake Street extension.

The new alignment hugs the shoreline, is completely separated from Lake St. extension, and will drain properly. Drone imagery courtesy of EIV Technical Services.

De-Paving 2.0
"Have we mentioned that Phase 1b is largest public de-paving project in the history of Burlington? Undoing the decades of industrial impact will take time, but we have taken the first (giant) step by removing substantial amounts of paving, isolating any urban soil, building a foundation by bringing in clean topsoil, then planting (and planting and planting) 100's of new trees and shrubs. Removing impervious surfaces, isolating potential industrial contaminants, soil building, extensive planting, reinforced shoreline...all contribute to an improved terrestrial ecology which is better for the ecology of our beloved Lake Champlain."

Extensive areas of asphalt  & concrete pavement covered portions of the Urban Reserve prior to phase 1b of the Burlington Bike Path Rehabilitation.

BURLINGTON GREENWAY Phase 1b, BY THE NUMBERS

800 T0NS OF CONCRETE REMOVED

600 TONS OF ASPHALT REMOVED

126 NEW LARGE TREES PLANTED

167 NEW FLOWERING SHRUBS

3 NEW PAUSE PLACES

1 MILE OF SMOOTH RIDING PAVEMENT

1 NEW ADA COMPLIANT BEACH ACCESS POINT

The Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Dog Park remains closed to all traffic from the Skatepark to North Beach and will remain closed through late November. Please continue to use the detour (see map below), follow signs carefully and use caution when riding on city streets and areas with uneven pavement or steep slopes. We are working with Local Motion and other partners to improve detour signage and wayfinding.

Additionally, access to Texaco Beach will be closed from the south (still accessible via North Beach) and there will be NO ACCESS to the Bike Path from the former Burlington College property trails nor any other trail access between the Skate Park and North Beach. Plan your route accordingly.

From the south, please detour using Depot Street to North Avenue and from the north, use Institute Drive to North Avenue. Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront was able to delay the closure from the scheduled date of September 4, thanks to cooperation from bike path contractor SD Ireland. BPRW acknowledges the inconvenience, reminds riders that full reconstruction does require full closures, and thanks users for their patience.

Source: Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront 12.6.2016